san lucar is robert’s favourite place in spain and what initially drew him to the area; but 15 years ago, properties in san lucar were far more expensive than vejer – strangely it has now turned around, though spain at the moment is relatively cheap for its properties due to the recession.
whereas our town has now become more sophisticated and a destination for sightseers to visit a well kept moorish hilltop town, san lucar has remained a spanish seaside town with its fishermen, locals and spanish holidaymakers who still own the mansion type houses that are near the sea front. its unkempt beach, still ferrying workers across the water is lined with seafood restaurants all selling the best catch of the day. prices are extremely reasonable, the quality is high – at least half the price of the fish in the vejer area. stop by the bar of casa bigote and take a tapas before eating lunch in the most well known of the restaurants by the same name – although the restaurant is not directly on the seafront, its always good food. the prawns are what san lucar are famous for.
afterwards take a walk into the old town, about 20 mins, passing the old castle – sit in the main square and join the locals with their ice cream and sherry. unfortunately, a lot of the sherry houses are now closing, its a sad end for an industry that was once thriving. apparently there is 40% unemployment in this area and working towns like san lucar and cadiz reflect this figure, but they still own that wayward charm and offer another destination other than seville. its about an hour and a quarter drive from vejer, or less than an hour from seville, but there is a wonderful hotel that you can stay in san lucar – the Posada de Palacio, right in the historic old town, is a converted palacio, and not too expensive. It has beautiful courtyards and lots of arbabic influences.